November 2016

***CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED YEARS***

Fleischmanns First Monthly Meeting
Highlights November 2016







President Winifred Zubin opened the meeting. Introductions, and reported on the following:
Financial Report, Bank Balance
Halloween Party - $200.00 profit. Children’s party was
well attended and successful. This year attendance at the
Adult party was low. The committee will decide on the
future of this event.
Fleischmanns Forum set for next meeting of 12/3. Datris
Brothers will present their vision for a future Main Street.
Holiday Decorating of Gazebo set for Sunday, November
27th, 10am. Placement of additional snowflakes was discussed. No definitive plans were made. FAB announces
Holiday Decorating contest including prizes for both commercial and residential properties. More details to follow.
Other holiday activities discussed; Parade in Margaretville
on Saturday 11/26. Participation by FAB? Participation in
FFD Children’s Holiday party? Including the Maple Princess?
“Shop Local” Carol O'Beirne reported on this initiative,
calling for local merchants to participate.
Old Business: none
New Business:
Clean up of Theater and store fronts-FF volunteers removed flea market items and removed rubbish from the
storefronts and launched a Theater window decorating
project.
The Theater marquee was discussed as to how Fleischmanns First could help move this restoration forward.
BBQ Festival tentative date 8/26. Profits from 2016 and
2017 are ear marked for several projects in the village,
such as lights for the ball park.
Next meeting: Saturday, December 3rd, 9:30am La Cabana

Happy Thanksgiving
Save the Date: December 3rd
Fleischmanns ForumFleischmanns Main Street and Theater
Details on Page 2

Fleischmanns Alliance for Business Announces
Holiday Decorating Contest for Village
Kim O’Brien, President of FAB, Fleischmanns Alliance for Business, announced this week a new initiative to enhance the Village of Fleischmanns for the holiday season. “I remember as a
child how exciting it was to see the Xmas decorations. There
have not been as many folks decorating as there used to be so
we came up with the idea of a contest to encourage our neighbors.” Kim said.
All Village residents, businesses and organizations are eligible to
enter the contest; applications are due by December 6th and
decorations must be completed and on display from December
7th through 31st. Applications are available at the following
Fleischmanns locations: Sam’s Country Store, Skene Memorial
Library and The Tinderbox or download from the following Facebook pages; Fleischmanns First, FAB and Fleischmannsny.
A panel of judges, still in formation, including Glen Pedersen,
President of Central Catskill Chamber of Commerce, Jeff Teichnor, owner of Roxbury Wine and Spirits and Peggy Bellar, Keller
Williams broker, will select the best decorations in the residence and business category using the criteria of originality,
arrangement, theme and overall presentation. Judging will be
begin on December 8th.
Prizes will be awarded but shh! Only Santa knows what they
are!

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FLEISCHMANNS RED LETTER NAMES
Fleischmanns Red Letter Names from
the Greater Fleischmanns Museum of Memories
Crawford Lasher,
Teacher, Principal and Insurance Broker
On April 5, 1957, Fleischmanns lost a great citizen; Crawford
Lasher, who had served for many years as a teacher and later
principal at Fleischmanns High School, died of a heart attack. He
was born and raised at the family farm up on Brush Ridge, and
was a member of the very first class to graduate from the newlybuilt Fleischmanns School in 1910. After studies at Cornell, he
returned to Fleischmanns. In 1921
he began his career at the school,
first as a teacher, and in 1942 he
was named Principal. He retired in
June of 1954, and was given a
really grand farewell dinner. Lasher briefly came out of retirement
when the school needed an interim principal shortly before he
died. He also pursued business
interests, working for a while in
insurance. He was active in the Fleischmanns-Pine Hill Rotary
Club. The Fleischmanns Museum of Memories holds a number
of items relating to him, including copies of letters he wrote to
former students serving overseas in World War II.

Fleischmanns Theater
Clean Up Complete…..Ready for the Future
You may have noticed activity at the theater in the last few
weeks. Fleischmanns First volunteers gathered together to
clean out the last of the Fleischmanns estate furniture which
were being sold for fund raising for Fleischmanns First initiatives. The glassware, linens and furniture were offered for free
and have found new homes.
The group had so much energy
that they extended their mission to the two retail store
fronts in the building as well.
Thanks to the efforts of Paula
DeSimone, David Smith, Kathy
and Doug Green, Winifred
Zubin and Larry Reilly, Michelle
Sidrane, and Yvonne Reuter
the theater building is ready
for new occupants.
A special thank you to Kathy Green for her creative window
art.
Eager to know more about the theater and it possible future?
Attend the Fleischmann First Forum on Saturday, December
3rd when Main Street Restoration experts, the Dadras Brothers
will share their vision for Fleischmanns Main Street. The forum
will take place immediately following the Fleischmanns First
monthly meeting which begins at 9:30am at La Cabaña.

Skene Memorial Library New Book Acquisitions
Fiction















The Jealous Kind by James Lee Burke
Home by Harlan Coben
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer
The Trespasser by Tana French
The Whistler by John Grisham
The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny
Barskins by Annie Proulx
Escape Clause by John Sanford
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
The Honeymoon by Dinitia Smith
Perfectly Broken by Robert Burke Warren
Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Non-Fiction
 The Pigeon Tunnel:Stories From My Life by John LeCarre
 Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

Save the Date: December 3rd Fleischmanns ForumFleischmanns Main Street and Theater
Dadras Architects, hired by Mark Project, will present a Main
Street Strategy for Fleischmanns and the Fleischmanns Theater. The Dadras brothers have generated a draft with ideas for
improving Main Street and ask for your input as a community.
Once completed, this strategy can serve as a road map for
future improvements on Main Street Fleischmanns. This is not
a static document. It can grow with the Village and your input
is critical.
Saturday, 10am immediately following the monthly Fleischmanns First meeting, 9:30am at La Cabana. Coffee and refreshments will be available.

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Howl…ween
Children’s Party, a
Grrrrrt Success!
Over twenty children and their
parents had a howling good
time on Saturday, October 29th
at the annual Fleischmanns
First Howl…ween party held at
La Cabaña. There were games
and activities for children of all
ages. As the pictures here
show, everyone enjoyed the
party.

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November/December Calendar
Fleischmanns’ Events ~ Save the Date!
Nov. 24th

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov. 26th

Saturday, Holiday on Main, Fleischmanns Float, 10:45, Margaretville HS

Nov. 27th

Sunday, Gazebo Holiday Decorating, meet at Gazebo at 10am

Nov. 30th

Wednesday, FAB meeting, 5:15pm Sam’s Country store

Dec. 3rd

Saturday, Fleischmanns First Monthly Meeting at 9:30 am, La Cabana
Come & meet your neighbors and support your village
Fleischmanns Forum-Main Street and Theater future

Dec. 4th

Sunday, Children’s Holiday Party, 1-3pm, Fire House, Main Street

Dec. 12th

Monday, Village Board Meeting, 6:00pm, Skene Memorial Library

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Editors
Rob Alverson
Paula DeSimone
John Duda
Jeanne Malaxos
Michelle Sidrane

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Zoning Board Meeting, as needed, (3rd Thursday) @ 6:30 pm, Skene Library
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